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  • US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    3 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train. The White House is ...

  • White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    12 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border ...

  • Senate confirms Obama pick for UN aviation job

    15 hours, 3 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's choice to serve as U.S. representative to the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization, which has sent a team to help investigate the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern ...

  • Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    15 hours, 22 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. "What exactly are ...

  • Obama bestows Medal of Honor on NH veteran

    18 hours, 39 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living ...

  • President Obama on statehood for DC: 'I'm for it'

    19 hours, 22 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital. Obama was asked Monday about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school. The president ...

  • World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

    21 hours, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was ...

  • Obama urges Putin to compel Russian-backed separatists to stop hampering probe at crash site

    22 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama urges Putin to compel Russian-backed separatists to stop hampering probe at crash site.

  • Obama to bestow Medal of Honor on NH veteran

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor, to Ryan M. Pitts, a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of ...

  • Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet." In a CNN interview broadcast Monday from Jakarta, Indonesia, Clinton says, "Whatever ...

  • Kerry returns to Mideast to push for cease-fire

    1 day, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East, as the civilian death toll in the conflict has sharply escalated. Kerry ...

  • Obama, Australian PM call for plane investigation

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott are reiterating their calls for an "unimpeded and transparent" international investigation into the downing of a plane in Ukraine. The White House says the two leaders spoke Sunday ...

  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    1 day, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings: ___ MISSISSIPPI GOOD FOR FUNDRAISING The anti-tax ...

  • US steps up truce effort; Kerry to go to Cairo to push Israel, Hamas ceasefire

    1 day, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — US steps up truce effort; Kerry to go to Cairo to push Israel, Hamas ceasefire.

  • DNC raises almost $9M in June

    1 day, 22 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee is carrying just $3 million in debt — a significant reduction in its onetime $23 million tab. The DNC said in forms due Sunday that it raised almost $9 million last month and ...

  • Kerry: Ukraine rebels likely downed passenger jet

    2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is putting the likely blame for the downed Malaysian passenger plane on Ukraine separatists who had Russian military help. Secretary of State John Kerry is citing a mix of U.S. intelligence and social media ...

  • Kerry defends Israel's right to defend itself

    2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel "has every right in the world to defend itself" from attacks by Hamas militants in Gaza, but the U.S. is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place. Kerry ...

  • How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

    2 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour. The debate was once about how to fix the system and provide a path to citizenship for millions. Now it's a race to decide how to increase ...

  • Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

    2 days, 20 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan's disputed election and Iraq's unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the ...

  • Howling winds push massive Washington fire

    2 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Howling winds are pushing a massive wildfire in north-central Washington in new directions Saturday. But officials say there are still no reports of injuries and only one more home was destroyed overnight. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank ...

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